Roanoke County, VA – On Friday Night’s during the fall in at Viking Stadium you hear the cool sounds of the Northside Vikings High School band.
One tool helping in their successful performances comes from one of their own.
Band member and trombone player Nathan Richardson also a Boy Scout spent his summer helping his high school band while completing a mission for his Eagle Scout project. He built a 15 foot band tower for the school.
“I just finished off life scouts and I needed some projects to do and to think about. And like I said this is one that the previous scout member has done so I will take it over from there and i will get it started,” said Nathan Richardson.
Overall it took him 3 to 5 months to complete the stand. Not only was it a tall task to build but he had to raise $8,000 for the project.
“For the full picture we went back to the a year prior to that I was filling out paperwork with county government and Roanoke County Schools. And the building level. Adminstraters and all that so it goes way beyond. Just these three months. That he has been actually building,” said Northside High School Band Director Tim Gaylen.
“And it was a great. And it was definately a learing experience. There were some hard times. And some good times i nearly cried and we do not want to give up. it is here and it is done,” said Richardson.
With the tower complete and Richardson earning his eagle scout badge. It is all music to the ears for him, the band and the Northside community.
“It was a kindnesss that we were given like my freshmen year. And I first came here. And I didn’t know what to expect. It has really taught me a lot through out the years. The four years that I have been here. And I wanted to give back to the band and all of the fun and the learing experiences that I have,” said Richardson.